Saints release three defensive players, announce undrafted free agent signings

Cincinnati Bengals returner Adam Jones (24) leaps over New Orleans Saints defensive back Marcus Ball (36) on a punt return in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Rogelio Solis)

The New Orleans Saints trimmed their roster Monday by releasing safety Marcus Ball, linebacker Kyle Knox and safety Ty Zimmerman. The moves came after the team drafted nine rookies and signed 13 undrafted players. Ball was signed out of the Canadian Football League last season and played 98 snaps on defense, serving mostly in a reserve… Continue reading →

Who are the lucky 13? The Saints sign 13 undrafted free agents

South squad defensive tackle Kaleb Eulls (92), of Mississippi State, and South squad offensive tackle La'el Collins, right, of LSU, practice for the NCAA college football Senior Bowl, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, in Mobile, Ala. (AP Photo/AL.com, Mike Kittre

. The Saints confirmed they signed the 13 undrafted free agents that have been widely reported to be joining the team. Here are bios of each one, via the Saints: Tavaris Barnes – Defensive lineman, Clemson (6-3, 275): Barnes was a part of the Tigers defensive line rotation for four seasons. Playing in 47 career contests… Continue reading →

Film study: What's to like -- and dislike -- about new Saints quarterback Garrett Grayson

Colorado State quarterback Garrett Grayson looks to pass against Hawaii in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Fort Collins, Colo., on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) ORG XMIT: OTKDZ147

If someone said the quarterback up on the screen studied Drew Brees’ motions in the pocket and attempted to translate those skills to his own game, there would be no reason to question the validity of the statement. The way he slides around outstretched arms, averting danger, and climbs the pocket is reminiscent of the New Orleans… Continue reading →

Report: New Orleans scores nation's highest TV rating for NFL draft's coverage on ESPN

NFL fans watch from selection square during the last day of the 2015 NFL Draft,   Saturday, May 2, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

. You might say no other city loved watching the 2015 NFL draft more than New Orleans. According to a Sports Illustrated report, New Orleans scored a 5.3 television rating, the highest mark in the country. Cleveland ranked No. 2 (4.7). Columbus ranked No. 3 (3.7). Jacksonville, Birmingham and Philadelphia tied for fourth (3.3).… Continue reading →

Analysis: Goodbye, instant gratification; Saints went with measured approach in 2015 draft

Stanford offensive tackle Andrus Peat (70) during the second half of the Foster Farms Bowl NCAA college football game Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Each day during the NFL draft, when the New Orleans Saints’ brass would enter the war room, they would stand and evaluate the players on their draft board. Before them were columns of white and gray magnets. The gray magnets signified players who had been selected. The white ones were for available players, and each was sorted… Continue reading →

National experts: At first glance, New Orleans Saints’ draft class solid but not worth 'A' grade

Andrus Peat stands on stage with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, right, after being drafted 13th by the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, Thursday, April 30, 2015, in Chicago.  (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)

. The Advocate’s Saints beat writer Nick Underhill hits the nail on the head about draft grades. “I think draft grades are worthless. They’re fun to read, but it really doesn’t matter what letter someone attaches to your grade,” he wrote Sunday. Without assigning a letter grade, Underhill continued in his Sunday analysis, saying, “I like the idea behind most… Continue reading →

Nick Underhill's 10 thoughts about Saints' draft: P.J. Williams, Davis Tull picks underrated; odd team didn't focus more on wide receivers

Associated Press file photo by MATT YORK -- Colorado State quarterback Garrett Grayson runs from the pursuit of Washington State defensive lineman Destiny Vaeao in the New Mexico Bowl in December 2013 in Albuquerque, N.M.

1. I think the P.J. Williams selection flew way too far under the radar. That’s what happens when a team drafts a quarterback when it already has a franchise icon at that position. But he should draw plenty of press in the future. If not for a DUI incident this offseason, Williams likely would have been selected in the… Continue reading →

Two tight ends, wide receiver top unofficial list of Saints’ undrafted free agent additions

The Saints might have overlooked tight end and wide receiver during the draft, but it only took a few minutes for the team to address those positions after the draft. In the mad dash for undrafted free agents, the Saints reached agreements with tight ends Jack Tabb (North Carolina) and Harold Spears (New Hampshire) and wide receiver… Continue reading →

Saints begin signing undrafted free agents

Here is a running list of players picked up by the Saints as undrafted free agents: OL Cyril Lemon, North Texas
OL Doniel Gambrell, Notre Dame
DL Tavaris Barnes, Clemson
WR RJ Harris, New Hampshire
ILB Stephon Sanders, SMU, per WWL
DE Markus Pierce Brewster, West Texas A&M, per WWL
OL Sean Hickey, Syracuse, per Syracuse.com
DT Kaleb Eulls, Mississippi State, per The Yazoo Herald
TE Jack… Continue reading →

Saints pick Missouri RB Marcus Murphy in the 7th round

The Saints closed out their draft by drafting Missouri running back Marcus Murphy. The 5-foot-8, 193-pounder rushed 177 times lat year for 924 yards and caught 17 passes for 504 yards. He also had 17 tick returns for 504 yards. The pick comes after the Saints lost Travaris Cadet, who served as the backup third-down back, in free agency. New… Continue reading →

Life after Drew Brees? By taking Grayson Garrett, Saints snag player they want; now they wait, see how it works out

Colorado State quarterback Garrett Grayson waits for snap against Hawaii in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Fort Collins, Colo., on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) ORG XMIT: OTKDZ144

There will be a day when Drew Brees is no longer the quarterback of the New Orleans Saints. It’s a fact that seems unfathomable. Brees can keep pushing back time. That’s what he’s doing now. The signs of age and wear and tear are not yet showing on his body or on the field. But… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Garrett Grayson a 'fascinating' pick by Saints; now the big question...

Colorado's State quarterback Garrett Grayson (18) runs in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Nevada, in Reno, Nev., on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. Colorado State defeated Nevada 31-24. (AP Photo/Cathleen Allison) ORG XMIT: NVCA118

If you went into the Saints draft this season expecting fireworks, you were disappointed by their first three picks. If you thought we’d be in store for more of Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis’ trademark wheeling and dealing once the picks started flying, you were mistaken. With their first three choices of this Extreme Hoarding… Continue reading →

Video: With Saints' new defensive back P.J. Williams, New Orleans gets talented player whose jumping ability will make your jaw drop

Florida State defensive back P.J. Williams runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) ORG XMIT: INJC130

The New Orleans Saints selected Florida State cornerback P.J. Williams, adding a player known for his leaping ability, with their second of two third-round picks in the NFL draft. Williams made a splash nationally with a video which showcased his amazing leaps. Now, the Saints third-round draft pick hopes to have a similar impact on the… Continue reading →

How eager is Saints' new linebacker Hau'oli Kikaha? If I have to compete at quarterback, I will, he jokes

Washington linebacker Hau'Oli Kikaha runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Hau'oli Kikaha doesn't care where he has to play or what he's asked to do. He's ready to compete for a job, earn snaps, and make an impact in the NFL. But even the most driven, most competitive people have limits. And while explaining that he's ready to do whatever it takes to make sure the New… Continue reading →

Report: NFL executive says Saints pick Garrett Grayson could end up being best QB in draft, better than Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota

Garrett Grayson threw for more than 300 yards in a school-record 11 career games (Associated Press)

Not only did the New Orleans Saints draft a possible Drew Brees successor on Friday night. They also might've nabbed the best quarterback in the draft, one NFL executive believes. In an interview with USA Today, a "veteran NFL personnel executive," who asked to remain anonymous because of intense draft competition, said he wouldn't be… Continue reading →

Meet Garrett Grayson: 10 things you probably don't know about the New Orleans Saints newest heir to Drew Brees

Garrett Grayson threw for more than 300 yards in a school-record 11 career games (Associated Press)

Here are 10 facts you might not know about the New Orleans Saints' newest quarterback Garrett Grayson, who could be the heir apparent to quarterback Drew Brees. View each fact in the slideshow above.… Continue reading →

Rabalais: The selection of Stanford offensive tackle Andrus Peat at No. 13 fills one of the Saints' many needs

Stanford offensive lineman Andrus Peat poses for photos with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the New Orleans Saints as the 13th pick in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft,  Thursday, April 30, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

One offensive tackle’s dream came true Thursday. Another’s life has become a nightmare. The New Orleans Saints drafted Stanford’s Andrus Peat with their first selection, the 13th overall pick of the first round. You have to wonder were circumstances different, if the calendar was spun back a month, would the Saints have taken former LSU… Continue reading →

Why Saints feel like they're geting a smart pick in Stanford's Andrus Peat

Stanford offensive lineman Andrus Peat, center, is measured by Atlanta Falcons area scout Sae Woon Jo at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) ORG XMIT: INJC121

Four years ago, the Saints’ first-round draft pick was the son of a former NFL player who grew up in Arizona and went to the San Francisco area for college. So far, Cam Jordan has worked out pretty well for them. Now, the Saints are hoping history repeats itself with the selection of offensive tackle Andrus… Continue reading →

Saints address big need by drafting LB Stephone Anthony

Stephone Anthony had  330 tackles, 34.5 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, three interceptions for eight yards, 18 quarterback pressures, 13 pass breakups, five caused fumbles and one recovered fumble in 2,264 snaps over 52 games (35 starts) in his career.

There was something infectious about Joe Vitt. His energy, his passion, how he approaches his job -- after meeting the Saints linebackers coach, Stephone Anthony knew he wanted to play for him. “He’s a coach that’s going to get after you, and he’s intense,” the Clemson product said. “That’s got to be a fun guy… Continue reading →

How Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Bucs fared in NFL draft's first round

Breion Allen watches as Jameis Winston takes the call from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to be selected as the number one draft pick, Thursday, April 30, 2015, in Bessemer, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

. The New Orleans Saints' rivals reeled in some big names in the NFL draft's first round on Thursday night. Here's a look at where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers stand going into rounds two and three. TAMPA BAY BUCS TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers are… Continue reading →

Meet Stephone Anthony: 10 things you probably don't know about the New Orleans Saints' new linebacker

Stephone Anthony had a round two draft projection on nfl.com (Associated Press)

. Here are 10 facts you might not know about the New Orleans Saints' newest linebacker and No. 31 overall pick in the NFL draft, Stephone Anthony. View each fact in the slideshow above.… Continue reading →